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The Union of Latinamerican Nations (UNASUR) meeting in Brazil this week agreed the creation of a South American Defence Council, which will have a collective vision of defence, as it was defined by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet who currently chairs the twelve-member Unasur.
Cuban president Raúl Castro said he was willing to talk about the possible re-incorporation of Cuba to the Organization of American States, OAS, from which it was expulsed in 1962, according to press reports from Brazil where the Latinamerican and Caribbean summit is taking place with the participation of leaders from the 33 countries.
In a highly sensitive area, Chilean Defence and Armed Forces, rich in resources from copper windfall prices, have a political and strategic problem in their hands with the decommissioning of 200 Leopard 1 tanks to be replaced by 140 Leopard 2, purchased from Germany.
The Union of South American Nations, Unasur, agreed on a new timetable for the ratification of the organization's multilateral treaty and for reaching a consensus on the nomination of a standing secretary general, which has soured relations between Uruguay and Argentina.
Chilean Congress members have asked the Ministry of Public Health to declare a sanitary emergency in the south of the country given the massive sea food poisoning contaminated with the vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria.
Energy rich Paraguay and Chile reached an agreement for the supply of electricity which will transmitted through Argentine territory and at a considerable higher value than that paid by Brazil.
Ecuador announced it is defaulting on a second bond payment, interest on 650 million US dollars in Global 15 bonds due through 2015. The announcement comes three days after President Rafael Correa said the country would not make a similar 30.6 million USD payment on Global 12 bonds.
The Nicaraguan administration of President Daniel Ortega is not left-leaning or Sandinista or revolutionary, it's imply a family dictatorship, said Ernesto Cardenal, a Catholic priest and one of the country's most renowned poets.
A group of Russian warships is to visit Cuba for the first time since the Soviet era, the Russian navy has said. The visit, scheduled for 19-22 December, will be led by the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko.
Cuban President Raul Castro said he is willing to discuss the 50-year-old US trade embargo against Cuba with President-elect Barack Obama. Castro made the announcement on arrival in North eastern Brazil for a summit of Latin American and Caribbean leaders.